ITSSA Newsletter 25 March 2020

Lockdown

The absolute top priority for all of us is the safety and health of our families, colleagues, our communities and the nation as a whole. We therefore welcome the decisive measures announced by the President and we wish all of the extended ITSSA family all of the best in these difficult times. Let us come out of this stronger and more united.

Let us apply the lessons we are learning as we make up new rules along the way to the brave new world we are entering.

The ITSSA Office, like most members, will continue to operate remotely.

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Annual Programme

Will social distance the single most critical step in flattening the infection curve, ITSSA has for now suspended all contact meetings and events, but all the digitally delivered member services such as Tender Alerts, Industry News, etc, will continues as per normal. The Annual Programme is under review and will be released as soon as there is some better idea of conditions.

If there are any suggestions for new/different member activities, please click here to send your suggestions!

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Steps to Mitigate Congestion

The recent workshop on Action Steps to Mitigate Congestion, hosted at FNB in the Cape Town CBD to allow delegates to experience the typical congestion pains we have to address to make mobility smarter, released a host of discussions and projects that are now being explored off-line with various stakeholders in the public and private sector.

While these stakeholder conversations and project developments are underway, Covid-19 is fundamentally changing the way we work and the way we travel. The need to flatten the curve of Corona infection and the enforced lockdown have, at the drop of a hat, made working from home and telecommuting mainstream!

 Ayn Rand famously wrote “Atlas Shrugged” and the nature of work and subsequently the way we travel will be fundamentally different in the “brave new world” post Corona.

If a good percentage of workers can continue to work remotely, or with greater flexibility in working hours, it will have a significant effect on peak-hour travelling and contribute to other congestion mitigation measures.

An update on the work by the Congestion Mitigation team will be provided at an appropriate time.

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Smart Mobility Conference and Exhibition

Anticipating travel restrictions and a large-scale “work from home” scenario, the Organising Committee last week decided to postpone the coming international Smart Mobility Africa Conference and Exhibition scheduled for 5-8 October 2020 to a date being discussed with the venue and relevant parties.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience but believed the highest priority must be the safety and health of all our valued partners and sponsors, delegates, presenters and exhibitors.

Updates will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.

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Green Transport and Climate Change Collaboration

The transport sector is arguably the second largest contributor to South Africa’s total Greenhouse Gas Emissions. As an Industry Representative body with a focus on Smart Mobility, ITSSA has committed, through its membership of the Alliance for Climate Action¸ to actively contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint of the transport sector

ITSSA is a member of the Alliances for Climate Action as a part of our commitment to Green Transport implementation through support of global and local initiatives.

ITSSA has also drafted our Call to Action for Green Transport.

This Declaration can be downloaded here.

The need to shift to a low carbon economy is not just an environmental issue for the future, but an economic necessity and opportunity. To this end, ITSSA will be an active member of the Alliances for Climate Action ACA), contributing to the Alliances’ efforts to solidify plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and implement them.

ITSSA’s participation with the WWF in the Alliance for Climate Action online workshop on 2 April 2020, hosted by the Transport Forum is an initial step in the collaborative process that is critical for that commitment to bear fruit.

Click here for the agenda for the e-meeting.

In the interest of health and safety, this will workshop will be on a digital platform.

Click here to register.

Should you not have Zoom installed, kindly visit www.zoom.com  and install the zoom client.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terminology for ITS Systems

This handy document has been significantly expanded and Version 2 is now available for distribution to ITSSA members in good standing. Watch your e-mail for the document.

If you haven’t received the Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terminology for ITS Systems document in a week latest, please use this link to enquire.

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Member News

Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG)

After twenty years of first finding ways to kickstart the Gautrain project, then building and running the urban rapid-rail system, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe has retired.

His skills are not lost to Gauteng, however, as he is set to lead the newly established Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) from March 1.  

Congratulations and good luck to Jack!

Read More

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William Dachs appointed CEO of Gautrain

William Dachs, previously COO of the Gautrain Management Agency, has been appointed CEO to succeed Jack van der Merwe, the Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure has announced.

Congratulations and good luck to William!

Read More

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Traffic Management Technologies

Craig Graham has been promoted to VP Sales and Marketing at Traffic Management Technologies/Kapsch SA Holdings. Congratulations and good luck to Craig!

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Aurecon SA (Umhlanga)

Aurecon has been awarded the tender for the development and project management of ITS systems for GO!Durban. Congratulations to the Aurecon team!

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